A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dele Momodu, has said the 2023 Presidency is between his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Momodu, who was recently appointed as the Director of Strategic Communications of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, said this on Monday during an appearance on Channels Television
Momodu said the presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, does not have what it takes to compete with Atiku and Tinubu in the forthcoming polls.
The veteran journalist said Obi will struggle to get votes in the South West despite his popularity among the youths, adding the support by the youths cannot make the next President.
He said: “By the time you come to Lagos which is the traditional base of Asiwaju and of APC, you’re going to split into three because of the preponderance of the Igbo community,” he said.
“There would be Asiwaju, followed by Atiku and followed by Obi because there is a large number of Igbo people there and youth who believe in Obi. And that’s the most cosmopolitan state in Nigeria.
“But the moment you start moving into Ogun state, Oyo state, where PDP is king today, then you go to Osun state.
“In Ogun state, we will compete favourably. It’s going to be between Asiwaju and Atiku, there is no way Obi is going to get 25 percent in Ogun state, he is not going to get it in Oyo state, he’s not going to get it in Osun state.
“We can make all the noise. You saw what happened in the last gubernatorial election in Osun state. There was no party outside those two that could make an appreciable impact.”
Rallies Alone Will Not Win The 2023 Election
The PDP chieftain stated that the recent solidarity rally for Obi in various parts of the country cannot win him the 2023 presidential election.
Momodu, however, said there’s a likelihood that the participants in the rally in Delta State are all from the South East.
“Rallies alone will not win the 2023 election. I have no doubt that Peter Obi is a popular candidate but don’t forget the proximity of the South East to Delta state. They are almost one and the same.
“If you have a rally in the Delta, all you have to do is cross over from Awka, Onitsha and everywhere, these things can be arranged,” he said.